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Cedaredge Police Chief Dan Sanders is asking the town trustees for funds to continue support of a local victim advocate program as they work on next year's budget.

Sanders, at a recent work session, asked the council to include $1,000 supporting the program which has been orphaned by budget constraints in the district attorney's office.

He explained that earlier this year District Attorney Dan Hotsenpiller notified law agencies that the grant funding the program had changed. Now the program is being discontinued. The local Surface Creek area volunteer advocates for the program want to stay on doing the work, and the $1,000 would be needed to cover basic costs, Sanders said.

Sanders told the town board that his department has used the victim advocate services 20 to 25 times per year and hadn't been paying the district attorney's office anything for it.

In other 2016 budget requests, the police are asking for a new cruiser paid for on a lease/purchase deal at $10,000 per year for three years. New tasers are also in the department's budget request.

The trustees did not make any funding decisions at their work session and final action on any funding requests will be included at final budget adoption in December.

Sanders has also reported that officers will soon be using body camera units the department has bought.

On Sept. 17 the Cedaredge trustees were told that cuts in current budget numbers lie ahead. Revenues for the town will not match expenses in 2016.

Projections are for $6.8 million in revenues and $7.3 million in expenses, according to Town Administrator Katie Sickles. That will require about a half million dollars in cuts in the 2016 budget.

In other business at their Sept. 17 regular meeting, the Cedaredge trustees dealt with the following matters:

• The board heard a presentation by DCED asking for increased funding for 2016. Director Trish Thibido made a presentation outlining initiatives DCED has participated in over the past year.

• Scott Lock, public works co-director, gave a presentation with photos of repair work the town is doing at Slide Rock reservoir. Town crews have been working to repair its reservoirs on Grand Mesa and put them back into use. The work is being done in order to keep the dams and reservoirs off of a state list of abandoned dams which is being prepared for a 2020 deadline.

• The town received seven applications for its wastewater plant operator and will interview four candidates for the position.

• The trustees approved a lease agreement to replace 2007 model year golf carts now in use with newer, 2011 carts.

• Boy Scout Blake Tullis attended the trustee meeting in pursuit of earning a citizenship and community merit badge, part of the requirement for attaining his 1st Class Scout rank.

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